The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival wrapped up its 14th year Sunday, withBilly Joel playing a festival-closing set for nearly two hours. The rest of the day featured acts likeAwolnation, Spoon, Shake Graves and Brandi Carlile, as well as a bluegrass jam session helmed by actor Ed Helms. Festival organizers managed to save some of the best shows for the last day.
For Twenty One Pilots, it’s a long way to the top. As a mid-afternoon festival act,Twenty One Pilots doesn’t have a big budget for staging. But Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun make the most of low-tech production elements that include a small crane-like structure with a microphone hanging from it and large boards that allow them to crowdsurf while playing drums.
The Wind and the Wave goodbye. On Saturday, Patricia Lynn of Austin duo The Wind and the Wave woke up with laryngitis. She and Dwight Baker flew to Tennessee on Sunday anyway, in the hope that Lynn would regain enough of her voice for the duo, known for , tomake its Bonnaroo debut Sunday evening.
Too bad Florence’s Machine isn’t an air conditioner. Florence + the Machine front woman Florence Welch might have been comfortable performing in her light white pantsuit and bare feet, but she seemed concert about her audience, which endured temperatures in the mid-90s to watch Welch and her 11 backing musicians.